How Do I Choose?
What is the best driveway alarm?
So you have probably come to the conclusion that it is time to get yourself a driveway alarm.
After a bit of research you may have realised that picking the right alarm is a lot harder then deciding what type of cereal you are going to eat in the morning. Well, we have compiled a little list here showing you some of the best alarms out there. Before you read, you must know how to choose the best alarm for you?
Step 1: Determine the distance you need your driveway alarm to reach. How long is your driveway? If its 300 feet then most standard driveway alarms will suffice. If its a bit longer, you may need something more heavy duty.
Step 2: Are you only wanting to track cars, or do you want to track people and animals as well? Certain driveway alarms can be set to detect all of the above or only vehicles.
Step 3: Figure out how many alarms you will need. Do you have more than one entry to your property? Do you want all the alarms linked to one central unit or do you want to distinguish what entry way people are coming from?
All these are valid questions and should be taken into consideration along with a few other factors. But don't worry, the following reviews should make this decision that much easier in your search for the best driveway alarm.
If you have any question, feel free to ask.
Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm
Our first recommendation has to be the Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm. Before we breakdown the reasons we recommend this product, we gotta start by saying: these guys offer a lifetime warranty on this bad boy!
To us the warranty itself says a lot, but let's get onto the nitty gritty:
1. SENSOR/RECEIVER RANGE
The range of the sensor is 40 feet meaning anything coming within 40 feet will trigger your alarm.
The Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm has a reach of up to 500 feet. However, keep in mind that trees cars and other interferences can shorten the range between sensor and receiver.
The Guardline Alarm system shines through with its awesome customizability. There are 30 different chime tones and you can set each sensor to send a unique chime. This lets you know which way people are coming from if you have more than one entrance to your property.
The volume is adjustable as well so you can change it to allow you to hear it from far away.
If you are expecting guest or if you are leaving the premises, the receiver has a setting allowing you to turn it off for up to 60 minutes. This can be a bit of pain to do every time you leave the house, but its better than the alarm going off for an unimportant reason.
This driveway alarm does use batteries. The sensor uses 4 AA batteries and the receiver uses a 12V adapter or 4 AAA batteries. There is a power saving setting you can use which make the sensor only functional in low lighting.
4. WEATHER PROOF
The driveway alarm sensors themselves are not weather proof but they do come with rain guards that protect it from sun, snow and believe it or not, rain.
The operating temperature for these sensors is -4 degrees to 140 degrees fahrenheit or -20 degrees to 60 degrees celsius.
When you order your alarm system from these guys an instruction manual is included. The set up process is extremely straight forward and should only take a few minutes.
If you do have any problems, there is a hotline that you can for call your tech support needs.
This driveway alarm system is really up there in terms of quality, reliability and functionality. At the end of the day, we have to end our review on the same note we started it, there is a lifetime warranty. Anything goes wrong with this system, you are covered. A top quality alarm system with a lifelong warranty, what more could you want.
Chamberlain CWA2000 Wireless Driveway Alarm
Second in our reviews for the best driveway alarm is the Chamberlain CWA2000 Wireless Alarm.
1. SENSOR/RECEIVER RANGE
The sensor range is 30 feet, so slightly shorter than the Chamberlain but in some cases this is more suitable.
The Base receiver range is 1/2 a mile or 2640 feet. This can vary of course if your driveway is surrounded by trees or other obstructions.
The Chamberlain Driveway Alarm system is pretty stock standard. There is not a great deal of customisability with this model but the central control unit does accommodate up to 4 sensors.
You can also setup up the sensors to only detect certain sized objects. This means those squirrels that just love your property won't be triggering your alarm all day.
This driveway alarm does use batteries, specifically AA. These are relatively cheap and can picked up on amazon or any department store.
4. WEATHER PROOF
This alarm system in completely weather proof meaning rain nor sun will harm this little guy.
There are few downsides of this product. When we tested it we noticed that once the alarm is triggered, it will not go off for another 60 seconds.
The sensors are not triggered by motion but heat instead. Depending on your needs, this might actually be an advantage.
If you run really fast the sensors you can actually get through them. That said, we mean you have to run really fast to get by undetected...
This driveway alarm is a sturdy reliable product. While there are a few flaws here and there (mentioned above) we think the benefits and the price tag outweigh these flaws.
Dakota Alert DK-DCMA-2500
The Dakota Alert DK-DCMA-2500 alarm system is the next up in our list for the best driveway alarm.
To start it all off, there is a one year warranty on this product so if anything goes wrong, you will be covered.
1. SENSOR/RECIEVER RANGE
The Dakota Sensors have a range of 50 feet and operate according to infrared (heat) rather then motion.
The receivers can detect the sensor from up 1/2 mile away. As always, if you have lots of hills, trees or cars on your driveway, this distance can be shorter.
While not as intense as the Guardline system, the Dakota system does give you some pretty neat features.
You can add up to 4 separate sensors to one receiver. Each of these receivers can be programmed to play a unique sound letting you know which way people are coming from.
This system also allows you to set up a five minute sleep period. This allows you or anyone else to leave the house without disturbing any other family members.
This system is far cheaper for you to run in terms of batteries. This system only uses one set of batteries and best of all, they are included in the whole setup.
The range of temperatures that this system operates on is pretty wide. However, we have noticed some complaints stating that in colder weather this system doesn't work as well as it should. In our experiences, this was not the case however. Of course, if this is an issue, their one year warranty should cover you.
Driveway alarm systems can vary greatly in quality but our experience with this system has been nothing but great. The price tag is higher than your cheaper run of this mill product.
However, with a higher price, you are getting a higher quality product, you get what you pay for. With the one year warranty added on top of that, you are guaranteed a good system at a good price.
Kamlif Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm
Kamlif Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm is the standard entry level alarm with a few cool perks.
Along with this, there is a one year warranty and great support hotline.
1. SENSOR/RECEIVER RANGE
The sensor range for this system is quite short going about 23 feet.
The receiver will detect your sensors from about 230 feet away.
The customisability on this system does not go far.
In saying that, you can change the overall ringtone this system will play and the volume. This system only supports one sensor so it is ideal for smaller properties.
This system does use 3 AAA batteries which are not included. However these are very cheap and easy to find.
If you have a big driveway or a large area that you want monitored, this system is not ideal.
Apart from that, the system works well and consistently with very few downsides.
As stated above, the Kamlif Wireless Home Security Driveway Alarm is ideal for smaller household or if you want smaller area to be monitored.
The price tag on this little guy is very low so in terms of affordability, it gets a tick. This, paired with the one year warranty make a solid and reliable product to choose.
1Byone Driveway Alarm
As we move down the list, we also move down in price. The 1Byone Driveway Alarm is great alarm system with some really great features ideal for a small piece of property or land.
1. SENSOR/RECEIVER RANGE
The sensor range for this system is quite short only reaching about 26 feet.
The receiver range will detect your sensors from 300 feet away as long as there are no obstructions.
You can set the alert system to three different settings. These can vary from sound to an LED light flash or a combination of the two.
The receiver is also capable of handling up to 5 individual sensors.
Finally, there are up to 36 different ringtones to choose from so if you are looking for some diversity, this system has it all.
3. Weather Proof
The Alarm System does boast its weatherproof-ability (if thats even a word), but they do advise to keep it away from direct sunlight.
Sunlight may interfere with their infrared sensors which as you know, pick up on heat.
The receiver does not require any batteries, just an outlet to plugin into. The sensors however do require 3 AAA Batteries.
The one thing we have heard from customers is that the range between transmitter and sensor really does vary. Sometimes it will work from 300 feet away, other times it wont. In saying that though, we are not sure whether there was interference between the receiver and sensor. As always trees or cars on your property can get in the way and shorten the detection distance.
This is a solid product at a low price. The only thing that we see as a real negative is its inability to function in direct sunlight. Apart from this, it gets a green light from us.